Oliseh: Salah Fully Deserved His CAF Player Of The Year Award

Mohamed Salah

Fresh off his exploits at the Confederation of African Football awards where he was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017 on Thursday (Jan 4), Egypt worldwide Salah is the player on the lips of every Liverpool fan.

The Egyptian pipped his Liverpool team-mate, Sadio Mane to first place, with Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finishing in third.

The 25-year-old was an integral part of Egypt's squad at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in February, where he registered two goals and two assists while leading Egypt to the competition's final.

Salah has assisted Mané four times in the Premier League this season, with only Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta providing more goals as a combination in the top flight.

"I think we have a good national team and we did very well in the Africa Cup [of Nations], and qualification for the World Cup we did very well", he said.

In other award categories, Hector Cuper who guided Egypt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was named the coach of the year whilst Nigerian Assisat Oshoala emerged as the female player of the year. The Senegal sprinter was one of the favourites to bag the prestigious award but it was the Egyptian who named was echoed in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday.

"This is a big award for me, a special moment in my career".

It is the first time since 1986 that stars from the north of the continent, which along with the west is the strongest football region, have won successive titles.

Salah will miss the game through a groin injury, but Mane could well play.

Mane has failed to match the performances he showed last season.

The Liverpool forward enjoyed a tremendous 2017 with both club and country and now says, he wants to take over as Egypt's best ever.

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